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Events + Workshops

I love sharing my knowledge and the beauty of plants and am currently doing a limited number of events, talks, and workshops to help bring more green into people's lives. My book tour events are also listed below. If you're looking for something customized, just send us an inquiry.  Some customizable workshops may include: DIY Plant Workshop for the Office, Create Your Own Urban Jungle, and Private Garden Tours (minimum of 10 people).


 
 
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Plant Swap — LA

Saturday, April 13, 2019 Time: 12PM - 3PM

In the spirit of the NYC Plant Swap, Homestead Brooklyn and Health-Ade Kombucha are coming together to bring the Plant Swap out to the West Coast featuring a panel, treats, and goodies-to-go. Bring a pest-free plant (or plants)—potted or bare root to trade—and come to share your plant stories and make new friends. All ticket sales to benefit Garden School Foundation.

Location: Awa Oasia, 608 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

 
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Plant Swap — NYC

Saturday, April 27, 2019 Time: 2PM - 5PM

The 5th NYC Plant Swap will be back in action for Earth Month 2019! Homestead Brooklyn and Health-Ade Kombucha are coming together to kick off 2019 featuring a panel, treats, and goodies-to-go. Bring a pest-free plant (or plants)—potted or bare root to trade—and come to share your plant stories and make new friends.

Location: lululemon Hub17, 114 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011

 

Book Tour: NYC

Join Summer Rayne x Simon Sinek at NYBG

New York Botanic Garden — Book Tour: NYC

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Time: 2:30PM - 3:30PM

As part of New York Botanic Garden’s (NYBG’s) Wellness Wednesdays, you can join Summer Rayne Oakes in conversation with Simon Sinek for the launch of How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivating Your Personal Green Space. Conversation, Q&A, and book signing to follow.

Location: New York Botanic Garden (NYBG), Edible Academy Amphitheater, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

 

Millennials+Plants

Millennials now contribute to over 30% of houseplant sales. Hear firsthand on what they look for when it comes to buying plants.

Cultivate19 — Book Tour: Columbus, OH

Sunday, July 14, 2019 Time: 1:30 - 2:30PM

Millennials now contribute to over 30 percent of indoor plant sales, making them a prime target for garden centers and nurseries. In this panel, you’ll hear firsthand from three houseplant enthusiasts, Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brooklyn; Darryl Cheng of Houseplant Journal; and Maria Failla from Bloom and Grow Radio talk about what they look for when it comes to buying plants. A book signing for Summer Rayne’s book, How to Make a Plant Love You, will follow the panel session.

Location: Cultivate19 Conference, Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

 
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Book Tour: Columbus

Join Summer Rayne for a workshop and book talk + signing.

Stump Plants — Book Tour: Columbus, OH

Monday, July 15, 2019 Time: 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Join Summer Rayne and Stump Plants in the Italian Village for a plant “Show & Tell” discussing how one can read the leaves, stems and roots of plants. Also features a brief reading/talk, Q&A, and signing of Summer Rayne’s How to Make a Plant Love You. Ticket sales include a copy of the book.

Location: Stump Plants, Italian village location; 305 E 5th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201

 
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Book Tour: Chicago

Lunch & Learn at The Union League

The Union League — Book Tour: Chicago, IL

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Time: 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Join Summer Rayne Oakes for a Lunch & Learn and book signing for How to Make a Plant Love You. We’ll have a reception at 11:30AM, book signing at 12PM and lunch at 12:20PM with discussion and more signing to follow.

Location: The Union League, 65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

 
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Book Tour: SF & LA

Book signing at the Book Stall

The Book Stall — Book Tour: Winnetka, IL

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Time: 7PM - 8PM

Event includes a “Show & Tell” plant demo, and a reading and discussion from the book How to Make a Plant Love You, followed by a book signing.

Location: The Book Stall, 811 Elm St. Winnetka, IL 60093

 
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Book Tour: NYC

Show & Tell and book signing at PlantShed Soho in conjunction with McNally Jackson

PlantShed x McNally Jackson — Book Tour: NYC

Saturday, July 20, 2019 Time: TBD

Join Summer Rayne and PlantShed at their SoHo location for a plant “Show & Tell” discussing how one can read the leaves, stems and roots of plants. Event features a book signing of Summer Rayne’s How to Make a Plant Love You, vegan cupcakes by Little Cupcake Bakeshop, and a post-signing walk through Elizabeth Street Garden.

Location: PlantShed SoHo, 1 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

 
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Book Tour: Davidsonville, MD

StShow & Tell and book signing at Homestead Gardens

Homestead Gardens — Book Tour: Davidsonville, MD

Saturday, July 27, 2019 Time: TBD

Join Summer Rayne and Homestead Gardens for a plant “Show & Tell” discussing how one can read the leaves, stems and roots of plants. Event also features a book discussion and signing of Summer Rayne’s How to Make a Plant Love You.

Location: Homestead Gardens, 743 W Central Ave, Davidsonville, MD 21035

 
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Book Tour: TBD

Stay tuned…

How to Make a Plant Love You — Book Tour: TBD

September, 2019 Time: TBD

Stay tuned for a full list of events and book signings in Seattle.

Location: TBD

 
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Book Tour: TBD

Stay tuned…

How to Make a Plant Love You — Book Tour: TBD

September, 2019 Time: TBD

Stay tuned for a full list of events and book signings in Seattle.

Location: TBD

 
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Plant Swaps (Nationwide)

June - September, 2019

Stay tuned for Plant Swaps in your area.

Location: TBD

 
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Plant Swaps (Nationwide)

June - September, 2019

Stay tuned for Plant Swaps in your area.

Location: TBD


TESTIMONIALS

"Summer Rayne Oakes led the succulent-planting workshop at the Well+Good and Origins Earth Month celebration, where she insightfully spoke to two consecutive groups of 50 plant lovers about succulents, plant-care, propagation, and more. . .

Oakes patiently listened to questions and responded methodically with straightforward and easy-to-comprehend answers. Guests felt comfortable asking about plants at home with yellowing leaves, funny stalks, and potted plants growing in odd shapes. Oakes enthusiastically answered everyone’s questions for hours. Oakes is eloquent, enthusiastic, professional, and wildly knowledgeable about plants. Everyone left the workshop with a ton of valuable insight and the boosted confidence to care for their indoor plants.” ~ Joann Pan, Assistant Branded Content Editor, Well+Good

"Her presentations are much more than informative; they are electric, passionate and insightful. Each one is fresh, different and tangible. She has a talent for reaching audiences of all ages, but she unmistakably inspires young people the most." ~ John C. Bersia, Special Assistant to the President for Global Perspectives, University of Central Florida

"Extremely articulate and energetic! Her presentation is emotionally moving [and] she delivers just the right mix of humor and information." ~ Jeni Sweatt, Records Management Coordinator, Collective Brands

 

🍂 PAST EVENTS 🍂

December 2016

Lululemon winter dinner succulent garden making!

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Meditation at the Hanging Gardens via Medi Club. RSVP here

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A private Meditation + Conversation (for models only) at the Hanging Gardens.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Reserved: A private "Create your own urban jungle indoors" company tour with Hazon.

Saturday, May 15, 2017

Meditation at the Hanging Gardens (7PM-9PM). Tickets here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Brooklyn Plant Lover Meet-up at the Hanging Gardens (6:30PM-8PM). Please RSVP here.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Chelsea Garden Center x Homestead Brooklyn. Houseplant 101 Workshop, 11AM-12PM at Chelsea Garden Center, Williamsburg.  Tickets here.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Chelsea Garden Center x Homestead Brooklyn. Herbs, Three Ways Workshop, 11AM-12PM at Chelsea Garden Center, Williamsburg.  Tickets here.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Join Homestead Brooklyn in partnership with Ivy.com to do a "Plant & Brunch"

Thursday, June 8, 2017

EcoSessions Sleep - holistic and sustainable strategies for better sleep. "Plants and Sleep" discussion. CocoMat, 49 Mercer Street, New York, NY.  RSVP here with 25% off. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Free and open to the public: #PlantPorn — Enjoy a Williamsburg "Garden Tour" and photograph plants in the neighborhood (3PM-5PM) with Homestead Brooklyn and Apple Williamsburg!  247 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211. RSVP here

Monday, June 19, 2017

Panel on Sustainable Living & Health & Wellness with Lauren Singer, Trash is for Tossers; Talia Pollock, Party in my Plants; Summer Rayne Oakes, SugarDetoxMe & Homestead Brooklyn; Phoebe Lapine, The Wellness Project at Package Free Shop. 137 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249. RSVP here

Thursday, Jul 6, 2017

Join Homestead Brooklyn for a Succulent and Cacti Garden Workshop with the pop-up shop, Package Free Brooklyn. Bring your own planting container. 137 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249. Tickets here.

Saturday, Jul 29, 2017

Chelsea Garden Center x Homestead Brooklyn. Houseplant 101 Workshop, 11AM-12PM at Chelsea Garden Center, Williamsburg.  

Saturday, Aug 9, 2017

Chelsea Garden Center x Homestead Brooklyn. Houseplant 911: Troubleshooting Houseplants Workshop, 11AM-12PM at Chelsea Garden Center, Williamsburg.  Tickets here.

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017

Join Homestead Brooklyn for the Become A Houseplant Ninja class with Free People. SoHo, NYC 99 Spring Street. 6 - 8 PM. (Free workshop). 

Sunday, Oct 1, 2017

NYC Plant Swap & Chat. SoHo, NYC 99 Spring Street. 6 - 8 PM. (Free workshop). lululemon Hub Seventeen 114 5th Avenue NY, NY. 

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

Join Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brooklyn for Living Sustainably in NYC - Networking Happy Hour + Fireside Chat in conjunction with Be Social Change. This is a FREE event, but you'll still need to RSVP.

Friday, Oct 6, 2017

Urban Oases Garden Tour with Homestead Brooklyn x AirBNB. Williamsburg, Brooklyn

A Woman's Role in a Sustainable World 

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2017 

A Woman's Role in a Sustainable World. Longwood University, Jarman Auditorium.

NYC Plant Swap & Chat 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2017 

Our 2nd edition of the Plant Swap!

One Person Can Make a Difference

Monday, April 16, 2018

We all wake up and put on clothes but do we think about how those clothes impact the environment and the people who make them? Keynote talk at East Carolina University. 

How We Wear the World: Sustainability & Fashion

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 4:30PM-5:30PM

We all wake up and put on clothes but do we think about how those clothes impact the environment and the people who make them? In this keynote talk, Summer Rayne outlines her career in the world of fashion, how the clothing and textiles industry has improved, and how we can all help shape the future of how we wear the world.  Location: University of Rhode Island, Kingston 

 

Succulent Garden Workshop  

Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Succulents have become all the rage—for newbie plant lovers and aficionados alike. Their stand-up-to-neglect attitude, geometric shapes, and unconventional good looks particularly make them a perfect plant. Join Homestead Brooklyn’s Summer Rayne Oakes for the Well+Good & Origins Earth Day Celebration featuring succulent planting, crafting, care tips, propagation and more.  

Location: The Assemblage, 114 E 25th Street, NY, NY

 

The Future of Sustainable Living

Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 6:30PM-9:30PM 

Join us for a networking + panel event with innovators in the sustainability space creating products, services, and platforms to make sustainable living affordable and accessible. From paperless toilet paper to a zero waste grocery store to sustainable cleaning tools for the home, this diverse panel will share their personal narratives, experiences, and values in how they are creating a more sustainable future and help NYC reach its goal to send zero waste to landfills by 2030. 

Location:  Prime Produce, 424 W 54th St NY, NY''

Planting Workshop 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM 

Take a break from the daily grind and get your hands dirty with some planting lessons from Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brooklyn.

Location: Slack Technologies, 436 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003, USA

Help Build a Chicken Coop & Garden for Los Sures! Part 1 & 2

Saturday, May 12 and 19, 2018 | 11:00AM - 3:00PM 

We're building a hen coop, chicken run, and chicken garden for Kippee and her friends at Los Sures, a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to the welfare of the Williamsburg Brooklyn residents since 1972. Feel free to join us! 

Location: Los Sures, 145 S 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Houseplant 911 (Workshop)

Sunday, May 27, 2018 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM 

Ever bring a plant home and eventually witness its demise only because you couldn't read the warning signs or caught the symptoms too late? Well, the Plant Doctor is in and will help navigate common problems in plants like yellowing leaves, brown tips, decaying roots, insect damage and more. After this class, you'll be more well-versed in plant care — a perfect companion class to Houseplant 101!

Location: Chelsea Garden Center, 87 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Foundermade Forum: The New Nutrition (Panel) 

Monday, June 11, 2018 | 10:20AM - 11:00AM  

Recently we've seen a dramatic shift in the way that consumers view and approach health and nutrition. We've seen brands start to take market share in previous categories that wouldn't have even been considered part of nutrition a few years back. Our panelists will be discussing how their brands are leading this shift and what trends they're seeing in the market. 

Moderator: Summer Rayne Oakes

Panelists: Drew Harrington, Co-founder, Yasso; Diana Trout, Founder and CEO, Health-Ade; and Bill Creelman, Founder & CEO, Spindrift. 

How we Wear the World: Sustainability & Fashion (Keynote)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 5:30PM

Women for Healthy Living Conference. We all wake up and put on clothes but do we think about how those clothes impact the environment and the people who make them? In this keynote talk, Summer Rayne outlines her career in the world of fashion, how the clothing and textiles industry has improved, and how we can all help shape the future of how we wear the world.  

Location: Pittsburgh Golf Club | 5280 Northumberland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15217